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Fantini Futuro with Ben Neil

Thursday, November 3, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fine Arts Instructional Center, Concert Hall
Fantini Futuro is a new audio-visual performance work by Ben Neill for the Mutantrumpet, his self-designed electro-acoustic instrument, countertenor, Baroque keyboards, and interactive video projections. The piece is based on the music and life of early Baroque trumpeter/composer Girolamo Fantini, who was responsible for bringing the trumpet indoors from the hunt and the battlefield to the realm of art music. The narrative depicts Fantini as a traveler through time and space, from the 17th century to the future, and reflects on the transformative power of current technology. An array of sophisticated interactive technologies is utilized in the performance. Neill joins forces with NYC early music ensemble ARTEK for this production; countertenor Ryland Angel performs the vocal part, and the keyboards are played by ARTEK Director Gwendolyn Toth, who is recognized as one of America’s leading performers on early keyboard instruments. Fantini Futuro has received support from the Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology program, where Neill is currently an Artist in Residence.
Tickets are $10 for the general public, $7 for faculty, staff and alumni, $5 for seniors (62+) and FREE for Eastern Students, Students at other Universities and all guests under the age of 18. Please be aware that ticket fees are not included in ticket price. Tickets for this concert will be available in advance and at the door.

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